A chilly bike ride for a good cause
Two guys on a mission for good rolled through Alexandria Monday on a 1947 Monark bicycle.
They took turns riding the antique bike, which they had rescued from a landfill, and completed a blustery 60-mile trip that started near Fergus Falls.
The brave cyclists were Craig Molstad, executive director of the Fergus Falls Area Habitat for Humanity and John Aarhus, coordinator with Habitat's Re-Store.
They called their adventure the "Habitat 500" - not for the miles they covered but for their combined weight.
They accepted per-mile pledges to raise money for Habitat for Humanity's tornado relief effort for Wadena.
Habitat has been active in the recovery, shipping 3,000 feet of tile, 2,000 feet of laminate flooring and dozens of windows and doors to replace housing materials that were lost in the June 17 tornado.
Molstad and Aarhus were chilled to the bone by the time they stopped in Alexandria but they deemed their trek along the Central Lakes Trail a success.
Somewhere along the way, they lost a small headlamp that was attached to the bicycle but they gained a memorable experience of a late-November bicycle ride that raised funds for people who need the help.